SLMC Asst. Registrar’s vehicle attacked

By Dilanthi Jayamanne

The vehicle belonging to the Assistant Registrar and Council member of the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC), Dr C. Atapattu was attacked in the early hours of Sunday morning.

A senior spokesman for the Council said yesterday that an unidentified person riding a motorcycle had pelted stones at Dr Atapattu’s vehicle near his house in Mulleriyawa during the wee hours of Sunday, damaging it. CCTV footage in a neighbour’s house has revealed that the culprit hurled stones at the doctor’s vehicle. He said that a complaint had been lodged with the Muleriyawa Police.

The Police spokesman’s office, contacted for comment, said that the incident had taken place at the doctor’s residence in Galhena Road, Mulleriyawa.

Mulleriyawa police are investigating the matter.

Meanwhile, Secretary of the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA), Dr Naveen D Zoysa, condemning the recent attacks on university students and members of the SLMC, expressed the union’s surprise at the manner in which the government and its officials were handling the situation.

Dr. Zoysa said the government should take the full responsibility for failing to find a reasonable solution to the SAITM issue, which, he said, had led to the decline in the country’s medical education.

The Appeal Court in late January directed the SLMC to give provisional registration to students graduating from SAITM. The Council last week filed an appeal with the Supreme Court requesting that the decision be reversed.

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